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    wonderful , one of her best yet.

    beautiful book. Hated to see it end. Its one I will reread.
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    Can you ever really forgive?

    Corn oil and mixer beaters. Yep. If you don’t read this book for any other reason, read it to find out how corn oil and mixer beaters could possibly fit in to the story. And nope, no spoilers. I had just started reading Life and Other Inconveniences when I had to stop and take a breath. Whoa, I thought. This is one intense book. I thought Kristan Higgins’ last book, the marvelous Good Luck with That, was hard hitting, but every character I met in Life and Other Inconveniences went straight to my heart. And if there was any question just how much Emma had been hurt by Genevieve, Emma’s comment, “Have a nice death.” sure answered that question. Life and Other Inconveniences is brilliantly crafted, with a cast of unforgettable characters weaving in and out of Emma’s and Genevieve’s lives. And so many of them are truly awful people. Even if they do something redeeming later, what they have already done remains pretty unforgivable. So many lives affected, changed, stunted by past events and the actions of these terrible people. Sure, there may have been reasons, but still. Emma, Genevieve Riley, Clark, Paul, Jason, Hope, Miller, Tess, Donelle, Helga, Jamilah– all of the characters, these named and many more, including Sheppard, the lost boy, are vividly portrayed and captivating. Emma’s life reads like a disaster checklist. Genevieve turned to ice when she couldn’t get past her grief. Miller had the fairy tale love story but now life seems like a soap opera tragedy. It goes on and on, everybody has a story and everything seems to be connected somehow. Some are survivors, some give up, some are lazy, some are just mean. But each and every one is fascinating with a story to tell. The setting and atmosphere are like additional characters. Genevieve’s house (house nothing, mansion!) called Sheerwater in Stoningham, Connecticut came to life. Life and Other Inconveniences is fabulous, charming but tough, heartbreaking and uplifting. Excellent plot, great characters, satisfying ending. And as always when you are reading Kristan Higgins, have plenty of tissues handy. Some for wiping your eyes when you can’t stop laughing, and some for mopping your face when you can’t stop crying. Serious issues are addressed, but there’s a lot of joy and lots and lots and lots of love. Love all around. You know when you are reading a book and you never want it to end? You realize there's a plot and a point to the story but it’s become a bit secondary in your mind because you don’t want to leave, you just want to spend forever with these people, walk through life with them? Well, welcome to Life and Other Inconveniences and the world of Kristan Higgins. Thanks to Goodreads for providing an advance copy in exchange for an honest review and thanks to KW for writing another winner. Remember Whoa when I started reading? At the end I took another and thought Double Whoa. I loved this book and recommend it without hesitation.
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    A must read!

    Kristan Higgins is one of my top all time favorite authors. I absolutely love that she is now writing Women's Fiction, but hasn't lost the comedic romance in the process. This book was a multi-generational exploration of family and it's ups and downs. The story includes an older woman, one in her late thirties, a teenager and also a female toddler (world's most horrendous) from another family. This is a book of love--very strong love, withheld love, romantic love, love that breaks your heart to pieces and love that sneaks up on you and is there even when you don't know it. There are also dogs, death, lies and betrayal..and the worst first date in the history of mankind. Ms. Higgins has woven all that into a miraculous book that leaves you in awe and bewildered all at the same time. A must read!
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    Graceful, nuanced, and moving!

    Life and Other Inconveniences is a beautifully written, affecting story that immerses you into the lives of the London family, especially three strong, determined women, and all the secrets, wounds, smiles, tears, strength, and compassion that surround them. The prose is effortless and expressive. The characters are authentic, angry, lovable, and stubborn. And the story is an exceptionally touching tale about life, loss, love, grief, forgiveness, familial drama, friendship, courage, hope, and the unbreakable ties that bind us as family. Overall, Life and Other Inconveniences is another absorbingly insightful, skillfully plotted, multi-generational, family saga by Higgins that reminds us that life is complicated, messy, challenging, short, heartbreaking, as well as all those other wonderful things, lovely times, and special moments that happen in-between.
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    4.5 WONDERFUL STARS!

    Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins was powerful, gripping, and utterly gut wrenching! Emma London hasn't been back to Connecticut in 17 years. Her grandmother, Genevieve is dying and wants her to come home. They haven't talked in more than a decade, the last time they did things didn't end well. This is the same grandmother who raised her at the age of 8 but lacked showing her any love and affection. She was always told to mind her manners and act proper. Everything changes when Emma gets pregnant at 18 and she's kicked out and completely cut off. Genevieve is a regal, proper, lady of society. Once a former high-end fashion designer (she reminded me of Miranda Priestly from the Devil Wears Prada), she refuses to accept dying alone, so she seeks Emma out to apologize for her past behavior and she wants the chance to meet her great granddaughter, Riley. We get to meet this family and get to know them. It's beautiful yet heartbreaking with a realistic feel to the overall plot. Each character's life is intertwined. Four generations of women empowerment, growth, and change. By the last page of this book, I could honestly say I learned a lot about these characters and I was sad to say goodbye. Being from Connecticut myself, I would love to take a trip to the beautiful town of Stoningham. Life and Other Inconveniences was my first read by this author and I can say with certainty it will not be my last. A story about life, love, loss, hurt, and lies, this book took me on a journey. You get to see a lot of family dynamics and it's told through both main and secondary characters points-of-view. This is a very emotional novel that will make you cry a lot and Kristan conveys emotion spectacularly, executing it perfectly. Page-turning and hard to put down, I recommend this to all readers who love women's fiction and contemporary books!!
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